Saison vibes

I’m interrupting the barrage of brewery build posts to bring you a bit of a reflection on a saison I recently brewed. I had some Sorachi Ace hops in the freezer from last summer’s saison, and I had been meaning to brew a saison with the Saison Dupont yeast. I had also been meaning to do a saison with oats. All of these would serve as parameters to this saison recipe. As evidence by how quickly the kegs kicked, this beer was quite nice. It was the last beer brewed on my old system, and it was supposed to hold me and my guests over until I was back brewing. It didn’t stand a chance!

In addition to the above brewing parameters, I had this amazing saison by Le Trou du Diable called Saison du Tracteur while I was planning the beer. Saison du Tracteur is a hop forward beer, and also has this really great yeast character, perfect balance. Juicy, spicy, pineapple, and passionfruit. Great inspiration. As a result I decided to hop with Galaxy along with the Sorachi Ace. Annnnnd I like to bitter my Belgians with Styrian Goldings. So put all those things on top of a classic saison grain bill with pilsner and wheat malts and you’ve got this beer.

I wasn’t sure if a Galaxy/Sorachi Ace hop combination would work well. Both hops are so bold and unique. Nonetheless I used them heavily. I double dry hopped with 3-4oz of hops each go, equal-ish parts Sorachi Ace and Galaxy (in a 10 gallon batch).

This was a good beer. The hop combination wasn’t superb, the Sorachi Ace kind of took over… and I’m a person who tastes a lot of dill with Sorachi Ace. While this was not exactly what I was hoping for, I don’t know what I expected. There was still some nice lemon rind character and tropical-lyness in there – and perhaps these were more pronounced to those that are less sensitive to the dill character.

Hops aside, the beer had a nice soft mouthfeel. I did feel I could’ve gotten away with even more oats in it though. I may try 10% malted oats rather than 5% flaked oats in the next one. The yeast character was great, and think I can definitively say I prefer the Saison Dupont strain over the French Saison strain, even with it being purportedly super tempramental. I oxygenate my wort, I control fermentation temperature, I use proper pitching rates, and I much prefer a 5 or 6% ABV saison to a 6 or 7% ABV one… so I don’t think it should give me much problem if I continue to use it in the future.

Recipe below. Sorry to all those I meant to have taste this and didn’t come over quick enough! I’ll have fresh beer for you soon.

 

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Recipe Details

Batch Size Boil Time IBU SRM Est. OG Est. FG ABV
11.5 gal 60 min 32.2 IBUs 4.3 SRM 1.053 1.009 5.9 %

Fermentables

Name Amount %
Pilsner (2 Row) Ger 14 lbs 70
Munich I (Weyermann) 3 lbs 15
Wheat Malt, Pale (Weyermann) 2 lbs 10
Oats, Flaked 1 lbs 5

Hops

Name Amount Time Use Form Alpha %
Styrian Goldings 3 oz 60 min Boil Pellet 3
Galaxy 2 oz 5 min Boil Pellet 14
Sorachi Ace 2 oz 5 min Boil Pellet 12
Galaxy 1.5 oz 4 days Dry Hop Pellet 14
Sorachi Ace 1.5 oz 4 days Dry Hop Pellet 12
Galaxy 1.5 oz 2 days Dry Hop Pellet 14
Sorachi Ace 1.5 oz 2 days Dry Hop Pellet 12

Miscs

Name Amount Time Use Type
Whirlfloc Tablet 2.00 Items 15 min Boil Fining

Yeast

Name Lab Attenuation Temperature
Belgian Saison (3724) Wyeast Labs 78% 70°F - 95°F

Mash

Step Temperature Time
Mash In 149°F 60 min

Notes

pitch 550 billion cells (3.5 L starter)

 

  2 comments for “Saison vibes

  1. Norm Ryder
    August 9, 2016 at 12:02 pm

    Sitting in a 1922 built cottage near Huntsville reading this recipe. If it wasn’t for the beer I brought up I would be superb thirsty by now. Recipe looks great.

    • Justin
      August 9, 2016 at 12:25 pm

      You’re all over the place Norm! Hope you are enjoying your Summer (certainly sounds like it). Have you tried Golden Beach Pale Ale by Sawdust City? One of my favourite Ontario beers. It’s hopped with galaxy, mosaic, and sorachi ace. It’s obvious to me that this hop combo can work incredibly well, I don’t think 1:1 ratio of galaxy to sorachi ace is the ticket though!

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